Joint CPS-HMIC report finds “progress still needs to be made” in digitisation of criminal justice process

A joint report authored by Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) finds that “good progress” has been made in the move towards a fully digital system, but more work needs to be...
Posted On 13 Apr 2016

New Smart Working Code of Practice announced by the British Standards Institution

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has announced the publication of PAS 3000: Smart Working, a new Code of Practice designed to help support organisations in the implementation of smart working principles. The Code is sponsored by the UK’s Cabinet Office on behalf of...
Posted On 02 Feb 2016

“Support for victims of crime at risk due to funding delay” warns Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

Delays to Government funding around support for the victims of crime could lead to the loss of valuable services, elected Police and Crime Commissioners have warned. With many contracts coming to an end in March, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are now calling upon the...
Posted On 25 Jan 2016

“Prison building revolution” announced by Chancellor George Osborne and Justice Secretary Michael Gove

Chancellor George Osborne and Justice Secretary Michael Gove have unveiled a major new prison reform programme including plans to build nine new prisons across Britain. The radical reforms will ensure Britain’s prison system is fit for purpose in the 21st Century, while the new...
Posted On 03 Jan 2016
Baroness Helen Newlove: the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales

“Tens of thousands” of crime victims denied opportunity to give Personal Statement suggests Victims’ Commissioner

Victim Support has moved swiftly to express “serious concerns” that tens of thousands – and perhaps in excess of one million* – victims of crime every year are being denied the opportunity to make a Victim Personal Statement – not only denying those victims a voice,...
Posted On 23 Nov 2015

Ministry of Justice monitored by ICO over “unacceptable delays” to FoI responses

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is monitoring the Ministry of Justice following concerns over the timeliness of the UK Government department’s responses to freedom of information (FoI) requests. The ICO will now review the performance of the Ministry of Justice...
Posted On 14 Sep 2015
Peter Webster

A Measure of Accountability

If any business sector wants to be taken seriously and not become commoditised, there’s a requirement to provide its customer base with a set of benchmarks by which ongoing effectiveness can be measured. Peter Webster outlines why the lack of independently collated, audited and...
Posted On 17 Aug 2015
The Conservative Government has established a new Commission to assess the present Freedom of Information Act

Cabinet Office focuses on Commission to review Freedom of Information Act

Lord Bridges, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office, has laid a written statement before Parliament detailing the new Commission formed to evaluate the present Freedom of Information Act 2000. A cross-party Commission has been established by the Conservative...
Posted On 20 Jul 2015
Binns Fencing's managing director Adam Binns (left) and Alastair Henman of Zaun sign on the dotted line

Zaun buys majority stake in high security perimeter solutions business Binns Fencing

Two of the biggest names in high security fencing and prison-based security solutions have announced that they’re joining forces. Binns Fencing has just sold a majority stake in the business to Zaun, supplier to Binns of the bespoke fencing to be installed for the new £250...
Posted On 24 Apr 2015
Sodexo has won six of the community rehabilitation company contracts in partnership with crime reduction charity Nacro

Sodexo and Nacro partner on seven-year probation service contracts

Sodexo has won six community rehabilitation company contracts in partnership with crime reduction charity Nacro. The seven-year contracts will see the partnership between Sodexo and Nacro manage probation services for low-to-medium risk offenders. Chris Grayling MP, the Secretary...
Posted On 29 Dec 2014